PAOLA, Kan. -- A 9-year-old girl died in a metro hospital after succumbing to injuries she sustained when she and her twin sister were struck by a car last month. Following her death, her family has a message for drivers.
Currently, the family of Johnna Feugate is mourning as they prepare for her funeral on Friday. Her family and her twin sister, Christina, who is expected to make a full recovery, will have to move on without her. Feugate would have turned 10 on Oct. 1.
Christina can't run around like she used to. Right now, the 10-year-old is still in several casts after she and Johnna were hit by a driver on Sept. 21. Both spent time in the hospital, but Johnna's injuries were too severe. She passed away on Friday.
"I kind of feel like Christina knew that Johnna wasn't going to leave the hospital because her first words were pretty much out of her mouth was 'Johnna's coming home with us.' And it was her denial," Benny Diaz said.
Diaz is a long-time family friend, who the girls call "Uncle Benny." He said both were very close, but like many siblings, they had their battles.
"They fought a lot, but I mean, even though they fought a lot, they loved each other a lot," Diaz said.
So much so, on that fateful day, Christina was giving Johnna a ride on a bike. They were making their way to the park. A police report said the girls did not stop at an intersection and were hit by an oncoming car.
"It's been pretty trying," Diaz said. "That's the world right now and there isn't anything we can do to change about it."
But while they can't bring their loved one back, Diaz said kids will be kids even if you tell them to look both ways, so they're trying to get a message out to drivers.
"Be more alert. Stop," Diaz said. "Driving is a responsibility."
Paola police said the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this point.
Meantime the girls' family has set up a fund for medical, funeral and other expenses:
First Option Bank of Paola
"Hope for the Twins"
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